Free Things To Do in Cabo San Lucas
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Located at the southern end of Cabo San Lucas and sandwiched between Playa del Amor and Playa del Divorcio, these rock formations were created from the rough winds and seas of the southern Baja Peninsula. Sea lions frequent the area (especially along the Los Frailes rock formation), and Land's End remains excellent for couples looking for a romantic spot to see the sunset.
Recent travelers said this area is particularly picturesque (making for great photo ops) and the best way to see it is from one of the water taxis or boat tours (some even offer glass-bottom boats so you can check out the sea life as well). Some do note some setbacks to the area, though. For one, there are very few vendors or facilities, but that also makes it an ideal place for peace and quiet. Travelers especially warn against swimming on the Pacific Ocean side of Land's End, as the surf can get very rough, pulling swimmers away from shore and out toward the ocean.
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Many say San José del Cabo is Cabo San Lucas' more elegant twin sister. Separated by the Corridor and situated just south of the airport, the city is commonly known as the "Old Town," exuding traditional Mexican charm while also impressing with its luxurious new resorts. If you're seeking respite from the party-laden streets of Cabo, take a ride out to San José where you can stroll around a lovely plaza, tour a beautiful church, feast on the sea's bounty, or shop till you drop.
Take some time to check out the town square known as Plaza Mijares, which contains the town's mission church and town hall, along with several restaurants and charming shops. If you'd like to hit the beach, the nearby Playa Palmilla and Playa Santa Maria offer excellent waters and wildlife for swimmers and snorkelers. San José is also known for its excellent golf courses; travelers particularly recommend the Palmilla Golf Club, which boasts three nine-hole courses. Some of the best restaurants in the region can be found in San José del Cabo as well, so plan to explore the eateries around town.
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Located right near the famous Land's End rock formations, Playa del Amor, or Lover's Beach, is one of Cabo's most famous stretches of shoreline. It sits south of Cabo's downtown area, but remains easily accessible by water taxi from the marina. Beachgoers say this stretch of sand is relaxing, providing a nice view of the blue water and a great spot for sunbathing.
However, because of its popularity, Lover's Beach can lose its romantic appeal. For one, there are no bathrooms or beach bars, and some travelers encountered pesky flies. Be sure to bring bug spray if you decide to venture out toward the beach.
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Chileno Beach's calm, shallow waters make it the go-to spot for snorkelers. But the real reason travelers love Chileno's cream-colored shore is the lack of noisy bars and restaurants that plague other Los Cabos beaches. However, this does mean that you'll have to come prepared with your own snacks and drinks and rely on public facilities. Most travelers don't seem to mind these small inconveniences and say the impressive snorkeling conditions (and variety of colorful fish) make a trip here well worth it.
Chileno Beach is easily (and affordably) accessible by bus from both Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. Some visitors recommend arriving by car if you don't want to do a lot of walking and waiting in the heat (buses frequent the area every 20 to 30 minutes, according to travelers). They also note that there is plenty of nearby parking. You don't have to pay to lay claim to this prime beach real estate, and although there are no set hours of operation, travelers recommend getting there before 10 a.m. to beat the crowds.
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If you're tired of the beach or if you've had your fill of margaritas, head to the Iglesia de San Lucas (Church of Saint Luke), located a short jaunt from the marina. The landmark is the main church in Cabo San Lucas and an excellent place to view local architecture as well as observe local traditions.
Recent visitors said the church is lovely and worth a quick visit. The Catholic church was constructed by a Spanish missionary in 1730 and is surrounded by a pristine plaza that contains several restaurants and small shops. Even with the renovations, the church remains relatively unchanged since the 19th century, making it ideal for getting a glimpse into the city's architectural past. The church holds Mass on Saturday evenings and on Sundays; bilingual Mass is available at the Saturday 7 p.m. service and the Sunday noon service.
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Playa El Médano is Cabo's most crowded beach, with crystal blue waters and plenty of beachside watering holes attracting hordes of sunbathers. In addition to taking it easy with a drink, Playa El Médano also offers some active attractions, including beach volleyball, jet skiing, kayaking, boogie boarding and parasailing. From the nearby boat port you can also take snorkeling tour or a panga (boat) out to the iconic El Arco.
Despite the crowds, Playa El Médano and its waters remain very clean. Recent travelers appreciated the soft sand, clear water and the fact that they could actually swim in the ocean here. Beachgoers were also pleased with the variety of nearby eateries and bars for when they got hungry or were craving a drink. The only downside visitors mentioned was the numerous (and persistent) vendors trying to peddle souvenirs.
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